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post #3 of Old 08-30-2006
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If your keel is steel you should be able to tell because it is almost certain to have rust spots on it.

Whatever you're problem, I've never heard of someone replacing a "worn" keel - it may be the one part of a boat not subject to wearing out. Get a hold of a local surveyor and find out when he/she will be in your boat area. For an hour's pay the surveyor can look at your bolts and advise on repairs - better yet, if you did not have a survey done, have the whole boat inspected - if you need encouragement for this expense, read Shroud tension

One is far more likely to have the mast come down than the keel fall off...
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